Seattle is famous for its grey skies and currently, for another
grey, Fifty Shades of Grey, that is. Crowds of Shades fans are driving by the Escala condominiums in Seattle, the home of the fictional Christian Grey, among other sites in the books and movie. And, tour operators now offer travel packages that incorporate Fifty Shades sites, hopefully with a little more romance and a little less S and M.
One writer called the trilogy “Fifty Shades of Bad Writing,” but darn, I wish I wrote those books; that woman has struck it rich. The movie has received equally stinky reviews, but it will probably do well financially, too.
A little mommy porn can be fun if you’re into, um, pain and bondage, but I’m here to tell you that whether it’s weather or reading, Seattle isn’t just about Grey. If you’re looking for books with a little more literary merit to inform and inspire a trip to the Emerald City, the folks at one of my favorite bookstores, Elliott Bay Books in Seattle have a reading list for you. Here’s a list they sent with some great and pretty recent fiction and nonfiction books set in Seattle, by local authors.
A Sudden Light by Garth Stein (fiction). He also wrote the Art of Racing in the Rain
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (fiction)
The Lone Ranger & Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie (fiction) See my other post about Sherman Alexie and banned books.
Blueprints of the Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot (fiction)
Love, Water, Memory by Jennie Shortridge (fiction)
Ceremony for the Choking Ghost by Karen Finneyfrock (poetry)
The Good Rain by Timothy Egan (nonfiction)
Nisei Daughter by Monica Sone (nonfiction)
Pacific Northwest: Land of Light and Water by Art Wolfe (nonfiction – pictorial)
Mary Randlett Portraits by Frances McCue and Mary Randlett (nonfiction – pictorial)
Stay tuned for an upcoming post on Bainbridge Island.
5 thoughts on “All is Not Grey in Seattle: Best Books Set in Seattle by Local Writers”
Highly recommend Sibella Giorello’s Seattle based writing including Raleigh Harmon thrillers .
As to Shades comments – here’s one of many professional’s wisdom –
Thanks for your reading suggestion and for your link, which I agree with and encourage people to read.
Love the post title! I have not read 50 Shades, not do I plan to. Not my type of book but I am curious as how it will do at the box office. Thanks for the additional Seattle books… more my style 😉
Thanks, Sheila. I wish that I had ended this post with the question…. Do you have tips on reading that is romantic, yes, even sexy, that also has literary quality? I think there are dozens of books that have both– and that aren’t degrading. Got ideas?